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Underdog

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05-01-2019 04:15 PM

I keep seeing references to the Festool Systainers in the woodworking world. But I’ve never looked into them, and kinda wonder what the big deal is?

I have a general sense that they’re supposed to be an good organizational storage tool, but other than that I really don’t know anything about them. I guess I could go do some research, but I figure it’s more entertaining to get you guys to explain it… (You guys that think I’m lazy… you’re right. Feel free to say so. NAH…. Just kidding. I won’t listen anyway.)

So why do we need them? Are they the best thing since sliced bread? Do they solve all the world problems?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 05-01-2019 04:22 PM

Just a roomy, high quality but lightweight box that stacks and interlocks with other systainers so they don’t slide around. Just a simple idea executed very well.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 05-01-2019 04:29 PM

Not in my opinion, but then I usually toss the plastic boxes the tools come in anyway. However, I don’t toss the (very) few systainers I’ve had. I sell them, they are worth money (to others) and help reduce the cost of the Festool product.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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pottz

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#3 posted 05-01-2019 05:22 PM

yeah im with fred somewhat i usually toss the plastic cases with most tools but i have kept the one my domino came in because i also have the one to store the domino’s and the two lock together.i would never go out and just buy one to store tools in though. so do we need em,id say no.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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YesHaveSome

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#4 posted 05-01-2019 06:15 PM

If you take your stuff out of the shop (installs, jobsite visits, etc) they are probably pretty handy. I just watched Mike Farrington’s shop tour the other day and he has a wall of systainers near the door of his shop. They are full of stuff that is only used offsite.

I just got a Domino and it came with two systainers. I can see the appeal for what I mentioned previously but I can’t ever imagine using them for storage IN the shop.

-- But where does the meat go?

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OnhillWW

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#5 posted 05-01-2019 07:44 PM

I have a number of Festool tools, all came with Festool Systainers. They are nice but I actually have moved them into the Dewalt tool box system. Much more affordable, less brittle plastic, and available in many configurations. These are some examples:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BPI1TWO/?coliid=I1EBW1AVANSPL1&colid=D18C1O746EUG&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWST08130-ToughSystem-Suitcase/dp/B01M3SP97Z/ref=pd_sim_469_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01M3SP97Z&pd_rd_r=f9b08197-6c48-11e9-9b7e-7920967f871b&pd_rd_w=GwtIE&pd_rd_wg=eocAn&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=JFH4M8281VF8KZ2PMC2A&psc=1&refRID=JFH4M8281VF8KZ2PMC2A

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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DRWard

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#6 posted 05-01-2019 09:34 PM

I have several Festool tools and I find the systainers useful. Some of the tools come with several attachments that can be useful for specific operations but not all operations. If it wasn’t for the systaniers, I am sure I would loose many of these. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing you have something, but can’t find it.

-- Donn, North Carolina

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Underdog

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#7 posted 05-02-2019 02:09 AM

Thanks for the information guys. I’m not apt to buy any, but I wanted to satisfy my curiosity.
I am inclined to make some stacking plywood boxes though, because my cheap plastic Dollar Store boxes are coming apart. And they’re just not quite big enough to hold my carving kit or my woodburning kit….

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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runswithscissors

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#8 posted 05-03-2019 04:45 AM

So: what was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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SMP

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#9 posted 05-03-2019 05:40 AM



So: what was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?

- runswithscissors

Pasteurized milk probably. Sliced bread wouldn’t have stayed in your system very long before that.

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 05-03-2019 06:15 AM



Thanks for the information guys. I m not apt to buy any, but I wanted to satisfy my curiosity.
I am inclined to make some stacking plywood boxes though, because my cheap plastic Dollar Store boxes are coming apart. And they re just not quite big enough to hold my carving kit or my woodburning kit….

- Underdog


I have some Systainers that are very close to 20 years old. Still good as new and much lighter that plywood. I guess you get what you pay for.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Underdog

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#11 posted 05-03-2019 09:15 PM



I have some Systainers that are very close to 20 years old. Still good as new and much lighter that plywood. I guess you get what you pay for.

- AlaskaGuy

Ok. So? They last a long time and they’re expensive. But so is stainless steel.
Tell me why they’re so good?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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pottz

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#12 posted 05-03-2019 09:21 PM


I have some Systainers that are very close to 20 years old. Still good as new and much lighter that plywood. I guess you get what you pay for.

- AlaskaGuy

Ok. So? They last a long time and they re expensive. But so is stainless steel.
Tell me why they re so good?

- Underdog


there plastic storage boxes that are very durable and can be stacked and locked together,what more more do you want? maybe we can get a festool salesman to call and convince you,is that what you want-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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lj61673

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#13 posted 05-03-2019 10:22 PM


I have some Systainers that are very close to 20 years old. Still good as new and much lighter that plywood. I guess you get what you pay for.

- AlaskaGuy

You asked for reasons and you received reasons and that’s not enough? You weren’t looking for reasons to begin with. Just another lame excuse to knock Festool. How original.
They’re lightweight, customizable, they stack easily for storage and they have handles for working off site.
That’s it. They don’t solve world hunger, but I guess you already knew that.
By the way, good luck with those plywood boxes.

Ok. So? They last a long time and they re expensive. But so is stainless steel.
Tell me why they re so good?

- Underdog


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pottz

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#14 posted 05-03-2019 10:45 PM

I have some Systainers that are very close to 20 years old. Still good as new and much lighter that plywood. I guess you get what you pay for.

- AlaskaGuy

You asked for reasons and you received reasons and that’s not enough? You weren’t looking for reasons to begin with. Just another lame excuse to knock Festool. How original.
They’re lightweight, customizable, they stack easily for storage and they have handles for working off site.
That’s it. They don’t solve world hunger, but I guess you already knew that.
By the way, good luck with those plywood boxes.

Ok. So? They last a long time and they re expensive. But so is stainless steel.
Tell me why they re so good?

- Underdog

- lj61673


+1 just looks like another waste of everyones time.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 05-03-2019 11:59 PM


I have some Systainers that are very close to 20 years old. Still good as new and much lighter that plywood. I guess you get what you pay for.

- AlaskaGuy

Ok. So? They last a long time and they re expensive. But so is stainless steel.
Tell me why they re so good?

- Underdog


In your case I think you’d be better off with 3/4 or 1 inch plywood.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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